Quade Cooper and Ma’a Nonu slammed by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal

Posted on 21/09/2019 by

Critical: Mourad Boudjellal (centre) did not mince his words in his assessment of Quade Cooper and Ma’a Nonu. Photo: Getty Images Former Queensland Reds and Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper has felt the sting of outspoken Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal in the wake of his mixed early form in Europe.
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The big-spending Frenchman has high standards and he expects his players and team to meet them.

But he’s not been happy with some of his latest high profile signings as Toulon struggle in fourth in the French Top 14 championship with seven wins and five losses. In their European Champions Cup pool they lie second to London Wasps.

Cooper has had a tough act to follow in the form of England legend Jonny Wilkinson in the red No 10 jersey.

Asked how the change was working, Boudjellal told Quinze Mondial: “It’s difficult to go from foie gras to pâté.”

That translated to having Wilkinson as the duck delicacy and Cooper as the standard fare.

“For now, Cooper is not what I was hoping for. But we have to also give him time.

“Right now if I say that I’m not happy with our stars, it’s only because we expect a lot. It’s true that in our imagination, we want them to fly across the pitch.

“We’ve been spoiled somewhat by [Tana] Umaga and then Wilkinson, so maybe we need to give them time…”

Earlier Boudjellal had been critical of his two New Zealand signings, All Blacks Ma’a Nonu and Tom Taylor.

He had labelled some of Nonu’s performances as the backline’s king-pin as “disappointing” but said he was “not worried” and that the All Blacks double World Cup winner was “a lost bet”.

He had told Le 10 Sport: “I can’t tell you that I don’t have concerns when I see the performances of Ma’a Nonu.”

Taylor didn’t escape his frank views either, clearly not giving his boss too much confidence with his goalkicking.

“I have the impression that Tom Taylor, an All Black, trembles each time he has a penalty attempt,” Boudjellal.


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